Florida firefighters help a seven-year-old celebrate his birthday alongside 50 strangers, after his mom revealed her son was left in TEARS when NONE of his friends turned up to his party
- Colten Raymer was celebrating turning seven with a birthday party at the park in Keystone Heights, Florida
- The soon-to-be second grader invited his first grade classmates to attend
- No one showed up, so his mom decided to invite strangers from the community
- Her post on Facebook inspired both the fire department and sheriff’s department in town to show up for the little boy’s birthday
- Members of the community also attended the Fortnite-inspired event and brought birthday gifts for Colten
A group of strangers helped celebrate a seven-year-old boy’s birthday after his first grad classmates failed to show up to the party.
Colten Raymer, a soon-to-be second grader, from Keystone Heights, Florida, created handmade birthday invitations and handed them out during school.
The child was inviting everyone to his Fortnite-themed party, to be held the following week at the park. But no one showed up on the date.
Heartbreaking: Colten Raymer was celebrating turning seven with a birthday party at the park in Keystone Heights, Florida, but no one showed up
Thinking outside the box: His mom, Meagan Raymer, decided to post in a community Facebook page about the party to see if she could save the birthday
Heartwarming: Her post on Facebook inspired both the fire department and sheriff’s department in town to show up for the little boy’s birthday
‘I felt sad when none of my friends showed up,’ Colten told Good Morning America.
Colten showed up to the local park where his party was to be held wearing a Fortnite T-shirt created by his mom, Meagan Raymer.
The child sat on a park bench waiting in anticipation for his friends to arrive, but no one ever did.
‘Sitting at the picnic table, Colten was looking at me and the entrance of the park, repeatedly asking me when his friends were going to show up,’ Meagan told the news site.
‘It was really heartbreaking because this was his first party with his school friends — he was really excited about it and not sure why they did not show.’
In an effort to save the birthday party, Meagan decided to post about it on a local Facebook page in hopes strangers would be willing to come celebrate Colten turning seven years old.
Within 15 minutes, firefighters from Clay County Fire Department arrived with lights flashing to help celebrate the young boy.
Supportive mom: ‘It was really heartbreaking because this was his first party with his school friends — he was really excited about it and not sure why they did not show,’ Megan said
Happy: Members from the community also attended and brought gifts for Colten
Fun times: The fire department let the children hold their equipment and sit in the truck
‘We are a very small close town and everyone who attended wanted to support a fellow community member that was in need,’ Meagan said, and Colten said it was the best birthday
Another 50 other residents of the community also showed up shortly after the firefighters, with some even bringing presents in tow for Colten.
Children were then able to play with the firefighter’s equipment, test out the hose and even climb up on the firefighter truck during the party.
In a Facebook post, the Clay County Fire Department later shared how they attended Colten’s birthday party that day.
‘Clay Fire Station 11 (Keystone Heights) stopped by to wish this special young kid a very happy birthday,’ the group wrote.
‘This guy invited friends from class who all happened to be out of town and the crew got word that he was celebrating alone so they made their way down to the party to give him an extra special birthday!!! This is what we do! #ForTheCommunity! Heroes done just save lives they make impressions on young minds! Happy Birthday young man!’
The fire department was not the only organization to arrive for the event. Two cars from the Clay County Sheriff’s Office also stopped by the party.
‘We are a very small close town and everyone who attended wanted to support a fellow community member that was in need,’ Meagan said.
The party included chocolate cupcakes, chips, popsicles and a group of strangers ready to celebrate Colten. They all even sang to him when the cupcakes were brought out.
‘This was my best birthday so far,’ Colten said.